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Career development

Networking skills for young scientists

Research suggests that networking as a researcher can both improve your research and your career. Networking helps you to get in touch with potential mentors and people to cooperate with.

Target group
Postdoctoral researcher
PhD candidate
Kick Moors  (Gast trainer / coach) Hermen Visser
Training course
The workload for this course amounts to 6 hours (including preparation, attendance and reading).

Why this course?

This workshop deals with ‘how’ to network based on scientific literature and on interviews with respected scientists of different age and background. You will learn how to use a network and how to approach people and forge and maintain good relationships. 

The topics that will discussed are (depending on questions of participants):

  • Methods to get successfully into contact with relevant people.
  • Methods to overcome shyness.
  • Maintaining a good network and integrating it in your way of work.
  • Methods to find out when and where to meet relevant people.
  • Learning how to deal with stress and anxiety.


This training consists of three elements:

  • An online module, with video’s, texts, quizzes and reading suggestions 
  • Assignments you will work on individually and at your own pace
  • Half a day of training with a group of fellow researchers and Kick Moors as your trainer. The focus will be on your own experiences and practicing networking situations. 

Please keep in mind that you need to finish the online module and submit the assignments before the day of the training (the deadline will be provided in the course information e-mail).

Practical information

  • You can register for this course using the registration buttons on the right side of this page. Please note the difference between Staff (employee of Leiden University) and Extern/LUmc (e.g. extern, self-funded researchers or employee at LUmc). 
  • The course is free of charge for employee- and contract PhD candidates. For external PhD candidates, we charge a fee of €100,-.
  • After confirmation we kindly ask you to mark your calendar and save the date(s) for this course.
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